International Conference on Autophagy and lysosomes

Location: Biological Science Auditorium

Cellular homeostasis is governed not only by anabolic processes but is also dependent on effective and efficient catabolic mechanisms that turnover damaged and superfluous cytoplasmic contents. Lysosomes are sites for degradation of cellular cargo and recycling of the breakdown products for de novo macromolecule synthesis. On the other hand, autophagy pathway has this unique “Pac Man” like ability to capture damaged cytoplasmic substances and deliver it to lysosomes. Thus, autophagy makes an indispensable contribution to the lysosomal prowess of collecting, degrading and recycling cellular trash. Needless to say, every major disease has an almost direct connection to the optimal functioning of autophagy and lysosomes. These studies clearly pose a requirement for a conference to discuss these aspects.

We aimed this conference is to celebrate innovative and pioneering research on autophagy and lysosome biology. Moreover, this meeting will focus on inter-organelle communication, their contacts and biogenesis particularly related to autophagy processes and lysosome function. Further, the meeting will foster the exchange of scientific ideas between younger PIs, international mentors/field experts and students that may lead to collaborations and sharing of resources. Overall, this conference bridges the perspective scientists from both the arms of organelle biology will certainly enhance our understanding of basic cell biology.

Organizing committee:
Subba Rao Gangi Setty
K.N. Balaji
Anu Rangarajan
Deepak Nair